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2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, July 03, 2008 to Monday, July 14, 2008

Event #54: 10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT Championship

  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $64,431,779
  • Entries: 6,844
  • Remaining: 9


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Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:41 PM Local Time
In a battle of the blinds, Albert Kim and David Saab saw a cheap flop of    . Kim led out for 100,000 and Saab made the call. The turn was the   and Kim checked to Saab, who fired 150,000. Kim made the call. The river landed the   and Kim checked once again, allowing Saab to fire out 350,000. Kim then check-raised to 1 million in total. Saab cringed and said "OK, show me the full house," before making the call. He was right, as Kim flipped   . Saab flashed    for the rivered straight. Kim jumps to 5.4 million with Saab slipping to under 1.8 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:39 PM Local Time
On a flop of      , Gert Andersen, Mark Ketteringham and Sean Davis were involved in a three-way pot. Andersen checked, Davis bet 200,000 and both Ketteringham and Andersen called. The turn was the   and Andersen checked again. Davis led out for 900,000, Ketteringham moved all in and both Andersen and Davis called. The players showed: Andersen:     Ketteringham:     Davis:     The river was the   and Andersen's Broadway straight was best. He won the massive pot, took his stack over the 7,000,000-chip mark, and crippled Mark Ketteringham to just under 900,000. Sean Davis was eliminated on the hand and left as our 69th-place finisher.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:36 PM Local Time
Garrett Beckman opened the pot for 75,000 from middle position, Terry Lade called from the small blind, Ivan Demidov reraised to 210,000 from the big blind, Beckman folded, Lade moved all in and Demidov called. Lade     Demidov     The board ran out           and Lade was eliminated. After the hand, Demidov was up to 4,300,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:36 PM Local Time
Action folded to Andrew Rosskamm in the cutoff seat and he raised to 85,000. James McManus reraised to 222,000 from the small blind and Rosskamm made the call. The flop came       and the two got in a raising war that ended with all of McManus's chips in the center. The players showed: McManus:     Rosskamm:     The turn fell the   and the river was the  . McManus missed his straight draw and was eliminated in 71st place.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:35 PM Local Time
Daniel Buzgon raised to 85,000 from UTG and Alan Gould called from the big blind. The flop was      . Gould moved all in and Buzgon called all in for 630,000. Buzgon     Gould     The   turned, making Gould a Broadway straight and the river was the  . Buzgon was eliminated and Gould increased his stack to 2,360,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:23 PM Local Time
Brandon Cantu raised to 100,000 from middle position and David Benefield called. The flop came      , Cantu bet 200,000 and Benefield called. When the   fell on the turn Cantu checked and Benefield led out for 335,000 and Cantu moved all in. Benefield thought it over for about ten seconds before making the call and turned over     for the straight. Cantu held     for the pair and flush draw and on the river Brandon spiked the   to make the flush and eliminate Benefield.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:22 PM Local Time
With the board reading         on the turn, Aaron Gordon got the remainder of his stack all in against Chino Rheem. Gordon turned over     for a set, while Rheem was drawing dead with    . The river was the   and Rheem's stack was sliced in half. He was left with 2,450,000 while Gordon doubled to 4,500,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:15 PM Local Time
Victor Ramdin limped from middle position and Terry Lade moved all in for 940,000 from the cutoff. Ramdin called and his     were racing against Lade's    . The       gave Ramdin the nut flush draw, but the   on the turn gave Lade a set. It also gave Ramdin a gutshot straight draw, but the river brought paint of the wrong variety--the  . Lade doubled to 1.97 million and Ramdin was left with just 330,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:15 PM Local Time
Jamal Sawaqdeh limped in before Jamal Kunbuz raised it up to 125,000. Chris Crilly flat-called in the small blind, as did Sawaqdeh. The flop came     and Crilly moved all in for about 775,000. Sawaqdeh called for his tournament life, and Kunbuz, who covered both players, also made the call. Kunbuz:    Crilly:    Sawaqdeh:    The turn was the   to give Crilly a two-outer and the river was the  . Sawaqdeh is eliminated in 74th place. Crilly takes the huge pot to almost triple up to 2.7 million, with Kunbuz slipping back to under 2 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:13 PM Local Time
Jonathan Plens raised to 80,000 from the cutoff, Keith Hawkins moved all in from the big blind and Plens made the call. Hawkins     Plens     The board ran out           and Hawkins hit the rail in 75th place. He'll take home $77,200 for his finish.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:12 PM Local Time
Action folded to Mark Ketteringham in the cutoff seat and he raised to 85,000. Gert Andersen reraised to 250,000 from the button and action folded back to Ketteringham, who moved all in. Andersen called and the players showed: Ketteringham:     Andersen:     The board ran out          , and Andersen's aces were best. He doubled up to about 2,500,000 chips leaving Ketteringham with roughly 3,400,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:10 PM Local Time
With Lisa Parsons' elimination in 76th place, Poker News' own Tiffany Michelle is officially the last woman standing in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, taking the crown from her good friend, Maria Ho, who did the same in last year's Main Event, where she ultimately finished 38th. Michelle's stack currently stands at just over 3.4 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:10 PM Local Time
Lisa Parsons found the last of her chips in the middle with    but ran into the    of Owen Crowe. The board fell       and Parsons exits in 76th place for $77,200 in prize money. Crowe is now up to 2 million chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:06 PM Local Time
Jason Glass moved all in for his last 287,000 with     and Paul Snead called from the big blind with    , a hand that left Glass in bad shape. The flop came      , the turn the  , so Snead had a flush draw now to go with his pair. But the wheel draw for Glass was now apparent and Snead said, "Don't make it a red deuce!" And on the river...the  . Glass made his wheel, doubled up to 620,000, and Snead's now down to 1.2 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:06 PM Local Time
Phi Nguyen opened for 90,000 from middle position and Suresh Prabhu called from the cutoff. The flop was      . Nguyen led out for 130,000 and Prabhu called. The turn was the  . Nguyen checked, Prabhu bet 100,000 and Nguyen called. The river was the  . Nguyen checked again, Prabhu bet 200,000 and Nguyen folded. Prabhu won without a showdown and increased his stack to 1,070,000. Nguyen was left with 1,180,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:05 PM Local Time
Craig Marquis opened with a raise to 80,000 from the button with Jamal Sawaqdeh making the call from the big blind. Marquis fired bets on the flop and turn, before both players checked the river on a board of      . Marquis revealed    to take it down as Sawaqdeh flashed    for a busted flush draw. Sawaqdeh is now on the short stack while Marquis is up to over 2.2 million.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:04 PM Local Time
Dennis Phillips raised to 110,000 from middle position and Jeremy Joseph called from the small blind. The flop came       and Joseph check-called a bet of 200,000 from Phillips. The turn brought the   and both players checked. When the river fell the  , Joseph led out for 500,000 and Phillips went into the tank. After about five minutes, Phillips finally pushed out the call. Joseph showed     but Phillips had him beat with    . Phillips said, "That was a great bet. I figured I was either good, or making a donkey call." Phillips climbed to just over 5,000,000 chips on the hand while Joseph slipped to about 2,400,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:01 PM Local Time
Suresh Prabhu made a button raise to 90,000, Victor Ramdin moved all in from the big blind and Prabhu called. Ramdin     Prabhu     The flop was      , Prabhu's fives still leading, but Ramdin picked up the nut flush draw. The turn was the  , pairing Ramdin's eight, and then he made his flush on the river when the   fell. Ramdin doubled up to 1,150,000 while Prabhu was left with 800,000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:00 PM Local Time
Justin Scott raised to 90,000 from middle position and David Saab made the call in the big blind. Saab checked in the dark as the flop came    . Scott said, "Check already? Scary!" before checking behind. The turn was the   and again both check. The river landed the   and Saab fired out 150,000. Scott stood from his chair before making the call. Saab turned over   , which was good to take down the pot. Saab is now up over 2.6 million chips.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 11:56 AM Local Time
Darus Suharto opened with a raise before Mark Wilds moved all in over the top for about 250,000 more. Suharto made the call. Suharto:    Wilds:    The board ran out       to eliminate Wilds as Suharto moves up to 1.6 million in chips.